Today with the Reschexpert blog we want to help users who are looking to create their first Rescheck and show them some common mistakes that might hold up their project in the building permit process. Everyday thousands of do it yourself Rescheck, Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D creators begin their home energy audits and we created Rescheck.info and our entire site to provide guidance, technical support, and help were needed to all DIY Rescheck creators. Along side this technical know how we also offer a Rescheck service, Manual J Service, Comcheck service, Manual S service, and a Manual D service for those who may not be able to finish their home energy audit on their own.
The first most common mistake that we see is customers trying to use plans off a laptop, desktop, or cell phone to create their Rescheck or other home energy audit. The screens are just too small. If you want to create a Rescheck properly you need to spend the extra $10-$15 to print off a full size set of you construction plans. You can do this at a local Staples, Office Max, or blueprint supply store. Simply bring a USB drive with your plans and walk out with the construction plans that you are going to need to calculate your Rescheck, Manual J, Manual S, Manual D, or Comcheck.
Another mistake that we see made quite often is DIY Rescheck creators trying to keep secrets. If you know something peculiar or different about your project the time to disclose it is early and often. You can do this through different notes sections on your Rescheck software, Manual J software, comcheck software, Manual S software, or Manual D software. By including different types of insulation, windows, or other specs that your building inspector might not commonly see you can avoid problems later on in the construction project. You building department may require technical data sheets, verification, or just an explanation of these uncommon practices. It is very reasonable to think that the time to discuss these difficult construction project details is before you ever break ground.
The next mistake that we see is thinking that your project may not need all the reports required on the building permit checklist. For instance if your new construction, alteration, or addition project requires a Rescheck, Manual J, and Manual S on your permit form you might decide to only turn in the Manual J in hopes that the building department will overlook the additional reports. During the middle of your project you might receive a stop work order. Then you will need to provide the remaining Rescheck and Manual J. The major problem is that if you have not taken into account the proper insulation values, heat loss, heat gain, and equipment sizing in your assumptions. You might have to go back and change the structural construction of your home to accommodate what the additional home energy reports tell you. By having all the required reports to start with you can get your project off on the correct starting foot.
Overall there are many different ways to get your home energy audit process started correctly and avoid the most common Rescheck mistakes, manual J mishaps, manual S missizings, manual D problems, and comcheck rejections. If you find yourself starting a construction project and find the do it yourself home energy process too tedious we are here to help. We charge the lowest prices in the industry and offer the fastest services. Simply email your plans, jobsite address, and square footage to [email protected] and we will get you taken care of.